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Principal, Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design
R. John Anderson, CNU is a co-founder and principal for Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design. He has a very diverse experience beginning with a practical foundation in the construction trades, advancing through design and development practice in public and private roles. He thrives in the problem solving and troubleshooting environment of charrettes, and the rigor of coding, entitlement and building. He can triage conventional building schemes and demonstrate the financial benefits of sustainable urbanism to private developers and municipalities in their own terms. John leads the planning and urban design work of the firm.
Murphy V. Antoine, Jr, AIA, AICP
Architect/Urban Designer, Torti Gallas and Partners
Murphy Antoine is a Principal with Torti Gallas and Partners, a fifty-four year old, full service, planning and architecture firm with offices in Silver Spring, Maryland and Los Angeles, California. He leads one of the firm’s Neighborhoods Studios, with primary areas of responsibility in the firm’s extensive and award winning revitalization portfolio—to date concentrating on Military Housing Privatization, HOPE VI, and Housing Tax Credit redevelopments. His efforts to implement these important workforce and affordable housing policy programs through appropriate and contextual neighborhood planning and architecture have manifested themselves nationwide in over eighteen revitalization projects. His urban design, planning and architecture expertise in the area of mixed income and affordable housing has been tapped by the AIA, CNU, HUD, the National Building Museum, and the National Charrette Institute, where he has contributed as a speaker, presenter, juror, and exhibitor. His projects with Torti Gallas have been honored with awards from the CNU, AIA, HUD, NAHB, Residential Architect and Builder magazines.
Urban Designer, The Civic Hub, The Civic Hub
Mallory Baches is the founder of The Civic Hub, an urban design and community engagement consultancy that works with individuals, groups, and entire communities to kickstart community-building. Mallory previously practiced urban design with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and co-founded their first affiliate office, DPZpacific LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford. She is accredited with the American Planning Association (AICP), the U.S. Green Building Council (LEED), and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A). She was named a member of the 2013 Next Urban Vanguard class by Next City, is a Board Member of the Association for Community Design, is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council of the Project for Public Spaces, and is an active member of the Carolinas Chapter of the CNU.
Senior Research, Housing and Urbanism , Sightline Institute
Dan Bertolet, senior researcher, researches, writes about, and speaks about housing and urbanism. He has a background in urban planning and electrical engineering, and his passion is to help create cities that will thrive amidst the challenges of the 21st century.
Director of Design, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists
Vinayak Bharne is Director of Design at Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists in Pasadena, California, were he has led many of the firm’s award-winning commissions, most recently the downtown revitalization in Lancaster, CA, that won the 2013 United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Award for Smart Growth Overall Achievement. He is a joint adjunct professor of urbanism at the Price School of Public Policy and the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California where he formerly held the Presidential Fellowship at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is the editor of "The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms,” a 24-chapter volume on the phenomenological forces shaping Asian cities, and author of two books – “Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism” and “Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture & Urbanism of India”. He currently serves as Executive Editor of the quarterly “My Liveable City” in Mumbai, India, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architecture & Urbanism in London, UK.
Managing Principal, PlaceMakers
Hazel Borys is Managing Principal and President of PlaceMakers, an urban design, coding, and place-based marketing firm located throughout the US and Western Canada. She guides governments through land use law reforms — allowing walkable, mixed-use, compact, resilient places to develop by-right — and helps developers get things built under the increasingly prevalent form-based codes of the new economy. Hazel is an electrical engineer with an MBA. She is the organizer of the Placemaking@Work webinar education series and the SmartCode Workshop, board member of the Transect Codes Council, coauthor of the Codes Study, and blogger on PlaceShakers.
Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA
Principal, Urban & Landscape Design
Stephanie Bothwell is the principal of Urban and Landscape Design, located in Washington, DC. Her practice focuses on the creation of sustainable, beautiful, and healthy landscapes such as the Long Beach, Mississippi Post Katrina Conceptual Plan Development. Recently, she has designed civic spaces as Consulting Town Landscape Architect for the new town of East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia, a brownfield redevelopment site; the neglected Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC; and consulted on policy and programs addressing the relationship between housing, open space and transportation.
Director of Innovation and Inspiration, Blue Zones
Dan is the newly-appointed Director of Inspiration and Innovation at Blue Zones. In May 2014, the White House recognized Burden as one of the top ten Champions of Change in Transportation, also named by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world,” and his peers at Planetzian list him as one of the 100 most significant urban thinkers of all time. Dan has relentless energy and has personally helped 3500 communities throughout the world make their means of transportation healthier, more active and affordable. Many of Dan’s streets designs and town centers are now celebrated in numerous publications and books and, of course, everyday by the millions of feet utilizing his designs.
Principal, Calthorpe Associates
Peter Calthorpe has been named one of 25 “innovators on the cutting edge” by Newsweek Magazine for his work redefining the models of urban and suburban growth in America. In the 1986 he, along with Sim Van der Ryn, published Sustainable Communities, a book that inspired several generations of new thinking in environmental design and helped launch ‘sustainability’ as a defining goal of many ecological efforts. In the early 90’s he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) highlighted in The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. Around the same time he became a founder of the Congress for New Urbanism and was its first board president. In 2001 he published The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl with Bill Fulton, explaining how regional-scale planning and design can integrate urban revitalization and suburban renewal into a coherent vision of metropolitan growth. His seminal regional plans for Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and post-hurricane Southern Louisiana created a more interactive approach to environmental design at the metropolitan scale. His upcoming book Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change documents new work and analysis relating patterns of development to energy and carbon consumption, along with other environmental, social and economic impacts. Recently he led a groundbreaking state-wide urban design effort, Vision California, to inform the implementation of the state’s Climate Change legislation. He has taught at U.C. Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and the University of North Carolina. Over the years he has received numerous honors and awards, including appointment to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development. During the Clinton presidency, Mr. Calthorpe provided direction for HUD’s Empowerment Zone and Consolidated Planning Programs as well as the Hope VI program to rebuild some of the country’s worst public housing projects. In recognition of this broad body of work, he was awarded ULI’s prestigious “J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development” in 2006.
Principal, Ross Chapin Architects
Ross Chapin, FAIA, is an architect, neighborhood planner and author based near Seattle, WA. He is a passionate advocate for pocket neighborhoods, a term he coined for small groupings of households around shared commons, which he sees as building blocks for vibrant and resilient communities. Since 1997, Ross has designed and partnered in developing seven pocket neighborhoods and has designed dozens of communities for developers across North America, many of which have received international media coverage, professional peer review and national design awards. Ross’s work and ideas have been featured in more than 40 books and in numerous publications including the New York Times, USA Today, AARP Bulletin, Forbes, Planning Magazine, Architectural Record and Professional Builder. Ross’s own book, Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World, has been widely read, shifting the thinking of homebuyers, architects, developers and policy makers.
Erin Christensen Ishizaki
An urban designer, planner, and architect, Erin is passionate about building physical and social community. Her collaborative, listening approach results in high performance development for neighborhoods, housing authorities, private developers, and local governments. Erin is a national leader and advocate for healthy and sustainable urbanism; having pioneered the use of health impact assessments in design. Her areas of expertise include urban revitalization, affordable housing, EcoDistrict planning, and environmental metrics. She believes in the power of a holistic, human-centric approach and evidence-based design to maximize investment and vibrant community outcomes. Erin’s early career focused on housing and neighborhood redevelopment planning. She spent nearly a decade responsible for mixed-use, mixed-finance projects for private and public sector clients in Washington DC, Boston, and for multiple HOPE VI projects. To date, she has led projects resulting in over 3,000 units of new housing. Her work has received industry and peer awards for innovation in health, equitable design, and sustainability. In 2014, the Urban Land Institute recognized Erin as a Global 40 Under 40 Professional.
Design Director & Founder , Supernormal
Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti is design director and founder of Supernormal, a research and design group built to explore the potential of big data for the design of small urban places. Supernormal bridges the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and planning with the goal of bringing increased sensitivity and systematization to urban development through the use of improved quantitative methods. This approach requires careful attention to urban types and the constraints of physical development, but prioritizes methods of understanding and projecting change over time and change over location as first principles in practice. Elizabeth received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where she received the Henry Adams Medal. She also holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2014-2016, Elizabeth conducted research within the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, where her work on the use of emerging urban data sources for improved public realm design won a Knight Foundation Prototype grant in 2015.
Transportation Strategic Advisor, City of Redmond
Jeff Churchill is a Senior Planner with the City of Redmond, Washington, where he has been with the long-range planning group since 2006. In his role there, he is the lead planning contact for the Overlake Urban Center, one of the Puget Sound region's largest employment centers and the area of Redmond that is expected to undergo transformational change over the next 20 years. Jeff works with residents, property owners, employers, brokers, and partner agencies and jurisdictions to advance the vision for Overlake. Aside from Overlake responsibilities, Jeff: co-led the rewriting of the Redmond Zoning Code and its redeployment as an award-winning online document tightly integrated with the City’s GIS, manages the Community Indicators program that tracks Redmond’s progress in achieving Comprehensive Plan goals, and leads and co-leads neighborhood plan updates. Jeff has a Master’s degree in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington.
Senior Associate, Weber Thompson
With more than fifteen years of design practice, Carey Dagliano Holmes brings a dynamic range of project type experience spanning from multifamily and commercial work, to custom residential and affordable housing. At Weber Thompson, she employs her design and project management strengths to advance the design development and permitting of complex urban projects. Her current focus is a boutique multifamily project in South Lake Union, the Southeast Economic Opportunity Center redevelopment, and several restaurant and cafe tenant improvements in Fremont and Beacon Hill.
Prior to Weber Thompson, Carey acquired extensive experience in ground-up custom residential design in Washington and New York. Space planning, building design, drawing set and design detail development are just a few of the areas within which Carey excels. She has a strong design background including professional work experience with Cutler Anderson Architects, Bosworth Hoedemaker, and John Pawson Design.
Carey currently serves on the Southeast Design Review Board for the City of Seattle. She cares deeply for community work and has volunteered extensively for many non-profit agencies including Habitat for Humanity, A Li Mi A for the Crow Indian Reservation, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, AIA Seattle, and Architecture 5 Cents. In 2016 she was actively involved in the design and construction of a family-oriented Tiny House prototype for the Low Income Housing Institute. She is passionate about design, and is constantly engaged in graphic, photographic, furniture, fine art and architectural projects. Carey is a licensed architect in Washington.
Ann B. Daigle
Program Manager, The Prince's Foundation
Ann B. Daigle is an urban planner and designer specializing in humane approaches to community building. Her passion is the regeneration of historic neighborhoods into vibrant, beautiful and walkable places. She happily lives and works in the great City of New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is a community activist and serves as advisor to Smart Growth Bywater. Ann’s past posts include Manager of the New Orleans “Culture of Building” and Crafts Apprenticeship Programs for the Prince’s Foundation for Community Building, Urban Development Manager for the City of Ventura, CA, and Special Advisor to the Mississippi Development Authority for the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. She is also a partner in The Company Farm Pecan Grove & Market, a family-owned farm in North Louisiana. Her educational background is in Architecture, Communications and Social Psychology.
Director of Design, Dover, Kohl & Partners Planning
James Dougherty, AICP, CNU, ASAI is the Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners, in Coral Gables, Florida. James has dedicated his career to helping communities envision and implement a more walkable, sustainable future. He began working with Dover-Kohl in 1996 and has since participated in over 120 design and form-based coding charrettes in the United States and abroad. He participates in all aspects of the office's work, including public involvement, development of master plans, regulating plans and form-based codes. James works closely with the firm’s Principals, Project Directors and Urban Designers to establish the design direction of each of the office’s projects. He also specializes in the creation of three-dimensional illustrations, using a blend of hand-drawn and computer techniques. James’ graphics and visualizations illustrating sustainable urban design and form-based code principles have been published in over a dozen books. James was honored with CNU Florida's 2012 Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award for Continuing Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design. James is a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and has been honored with Awards of Excellence in their Architecture in Perspective 24 & 25 jury competitions.
Principal, DPZ Partners
Andrés Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). DPZ is widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. In the years since the firm first received recognition for the design of Seaside, Florida, in 1980, DPZ has completed designs for close to 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. This work has exerted a significant influence on the practice and direction of urban planning and development in the United States and abroad.
Urbanist, Vice President of ISOCARP, Connecting Cities
Martin Dubbeling is an active practitioner in the fields of spatial planning, urban planning, landscape architecture and the environment in the Netherlands and abroad. He is Vice President Urban Planning Advisory Teams (UPATs) of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP). For ISOCARP Martin Dubbeling is responsible for and organized UPAT workshops in Singapore (2010), Wuhan (2012), Perm (2012), Shantou (2013) and Nanjing (2013). For the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) and UN-Habitat he organized spatial visioning workshops in Gaza and the West Bank (2015). Martin Dubbeling is one of the authors of the award winning and best selling books ‘Sustainable Urban Design, Perspectives and Examples’ (2005) and ‘Sustainable Urban Design, The Next Step’ (2010). In 2013 Martin Dubbeling founded Connecting Cities, an office for research, consultancy, design and communication in sustainable urban and regional planning.
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an architect and professor of urban design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, (Wiley, 2009, 2011, 2013.) Its documentation of successful retrofits of aging big box stores, malls, and office parks into healthy and more sustainable places received a PROSE award and has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, PBS, NPR, TED and other prominent venues. She is a CNU Fellow, lectures widely, conducts workshops and maintains the world’s only database tracking successful retrofits.
Washington Correspondent , The Philadelphia Tribune
Charles D. Ellison is Washington Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune, author of the critically-acclaimed urban political thriller TANTRUM and a contributor to The Atlanta Post. Formerly host of "The New School" on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s POTUS Channel, Charles also serves as weekly Washington correspondent for The Cliff Kelly Show on WVON-AM (Chicago) and WDAS-FM (Philadelphia).
Senior Project Director, EcoNorthwest
Abe Farkas, ECONorthwest’s Director of Development Services, has over three decades of experience in crafting and implementing sustainable redevelopment and economic strategies utilizing public-private partnerships to improve downtowns, neighborhoods, business districts, and educational environments in communities across the country. Projects in which Abe has played a key role include: mixed-use and mixed income developments; historic preservation and adaptive re-use of older facilities; educational, research, high and clean tech, and social service developments; high capacity transit projects including street car, light rail and aerial tram; transit oriented development; brownfield redevelopment; affordable and workforce housing developments; and public parks, trails and plazas.
Previously, Abe was the Development Director for the Portland Development Commission; Planning and Development Director for the City of Eugene, Oregon; Economic Development Manager for the City of Seattle; Director of Community Development and Planning for the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and assistant professor of Housing and Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. Abe has served on numerous non-profit and professional boards and councils including the International Economic Development Council (former Board member) and the Urban Land Institute (Inner City and Public-Private Partnerships Councils), and has made presentations on various urban, community, economic and sustainable development topics to communities and professional groups in cities across the country as well as internationally.
Doug Farr, CNU-A
President and Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
Doug Farr, AIA is the founding principal of Farr Associates, an award-winning architecture and planning firm identified by the New York Times as “the most prominent of the city’s growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects.” Having a mission to design sustainable human environments, Farr’s niche is in applying the principles of LEED at the scale of the neighborhood and in designing green buildings exclusively for urban contexts. Farr Associates was the first firm in the world to design three LEED-Platinum buildings (Christy Webber Landscapes, the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Center for Neighborhood Technology), which stand as models of urban architectural sustainability. Based on the firm’s pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authored Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. This planning best seller visualizes Sustainable Urbanism—the growing sustainable design convergence that integrates walkable and transit-served urbanism with high-performance infrastructure and buildings—as the normal pattern of development in the United States by 2030.
Urban Designer, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP
Andrew J. Faulkner is a co-founder of the ConnectOakland project to reposition an underused spur highway in Oakland, California as a Transit Oriented Development and mass transit spine to improve economic and social mobility and strengthen the transit resiliency of the Bay Area. Andrew has a decade of experience is grassroots highway removal campaigns and previously served as the Vice-Chair of the City to River movement in St. Louis. Andrew is a former adjunct professor in architecture and urban design (2010-2012) at Washington University in St. Louis and currently works at Van Meter Williams Pollack in San Francisco where he contributes design experience to a wide range of Urban Design and Architecture projects. He recently created visualizations for the APA CA Award of Excellence winning City of Mountain View El Camino Real Precise Plan, assisted community processes for several TOD projects, and is currently managing construction on two adaptive reuse projects affordable senior housing projects. Learn more about ConnectOakland at http://www.connectoakland.org
Director, Office of the Waterfront
Marshall Foster is Director of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront. He leads the City’s Waterfront Seattle program, which is creating 20 acres of new parks and public spaces on Seattle’s central waterfront. Marshall served as Seattle’s City Planning Director for four years prior to leading the Office of the Waterfront. He holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from University of California – Berkeley, and lives with his wife and kids in West Seattle.
Justin Garrett Moore
Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission
Justin Garrett Moore is an urban designer and the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission. He has extensive experience in urban design and city planning—from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, and arts initiatives. At the Public Design Commission his work is focused on prioritizing the quality and excellence of the public realm, and fostering accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the City’s public buildings, spaces, and art. Justin is a former senior urban designer for the NYC Department of City Planning where, for over a decade, he was responsible for conducting complex urban design plans and studies of the physical design and utilization of sites including infrastructure, public spaces, land use patterns and neighborhood character. His projects included the Greenpoint and Williamsburg Waterfront, Hunter’s Point South, the Coney Island Plan and the Brooklyn Cultural District. He received degrees in both architecture and urban design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he is now an adjunct associate professor of architecture in the urban design and urban planning programs. He is the co-founder of Urban Patch, a social enterprise based in Indianapolis that focuses on community revitalization and design in American inner cities.
Norman W. Garrick
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut
Norman Garrick is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Garrick is also a member of the national board of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), trustee of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and co-chair of CNU’s Transportation Task Force. He specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems, including transit, streets and highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, especially as they relate to sustainability, placemaking, and urban revitalization. His writings on sustainable transportation and urban planning, street and street network design, and parking policies have been widely disseminated both to an academic audience and to the wider public through the press, radio, and TV. He is a 2008 recipient of the Transportation Research Board’s Wootan Award for Best Paper in policy and organization. In addition to his academic and research career, Dr. Garrick has worked as transportation consultant on a number of design charrettes, nationally and internationally, including urban revitalization projects with the Prince of Wales Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica and Freetown, Sierra Leone. In 2004, he was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Kingston, Jamaica where he studied the evolution of the urban form, the transit system and the state of motorization in the Kingston metropolitan region.
Performance Management Lead, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Richard Gelb is performance manager and equity/social justice lead for King County Natural Resources and Parks. He coordinates King County’s STAR Communities implementation, is on the national Steering Committee of the STAR Community Rating System, and serves on the Global Ecodistrict Protocol Advisory Committee. Richard has been an elected supervisor for King Conservation District, strategic advisor for City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, green building manager for Seattle Parks, and authored the original King County Regional Disaster Plan. He is a board member for Sustainable Seattle and has degrees in environmental studies, business, and public administration.
President, Gibbs Planning Group
Robert Gibbs is a nationally recognized urban retail planning consultant who has worked with some of the most respected mayors, architects and real estate developers in America. Profiled in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Urban Land Institute, and the Wall Street Journal, Gibbs is said to have “an urban planning sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown renewal efforts.” In 2012, Gibbs was honored by the Clinton Presidential Library for his life’s contributions in urban planning and development and by the City of Auckland, New Zealand in 2011.
Founding Principal, J Griffin Design, LLC
Jennifer Griffin is a practicing design professional, educator, and founding principal of J Griffin Design, LLC. She has experience working in the US, UK, and Central America on a variety of project types and scales, from small-scale renovations and additions of historic structures, to mixed-use urban infill projects, to master plans at both the neighborhood and regional scales. She has received numerous design awards for her work, including multiple Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards. Jennifer was educated at the University of Notre Dame, from which she received both her Bachelor of Architecture and her Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism degrees. She also has served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, where she has taught urban and architectural design courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level while conducting research on the relationship between the built environment and human flourishing.
Director of Urbanism, Canin Associates
Eliza is the Director of Urbanism at Canin Associates in Orlando where she leads the Urban Design and Planning studio. Canin Associates’ multi-disciplinary team tackles master planned communities, infill, form-based codes, transportation design, and public sector planning. She led an effort that incorporated an urbanist approach to land use into the Long Range Transportation Plan for metro Orlando which has since been replicated in other area MPOs.
Eliza encountered the New Urbanism while pursuing a Biochemical Sciences degree at Harvard; It immediately resonated with her contrasting experiences growing up in Manhattan and suburban South Carolina, and she vowed that no teen should be trapped in sprawl again. Before completing a Masters of Urban Planning Degree at the Harvard School of Design, she had the privilege of interning with City of Charleston Planning and Neighborhood Design and Cornish Associates of Mashpee Commons and Providence, RI.
Attending every Congress since Chicago, she quickly took on leadership roles in local chapters and CNU's national young professional organization, the Next Generation of New Urbanists. She has served as a liaison to the Program Committee since CNU 17 and she founded the Open Innovation Track at CNU 20.
Susan Henderson, AIA, LEED AP, CNU-A
Principal, PlaceMakers LLC
As PlaceMakers' Director of Coding and Design, Susan has led numerous Form-Based Code projects including the inaugural Driehaus Form Based Code Award winner, Leander, Texas – plus numerous adoptions across North America. Susan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and brings an expertise in sustainability to form-based code writing. She is a contributor to the SmartCode & Manual as well as author of the SmartCode Landscape Module. Susan serves as a board member on the Transect Codes Council and is a member of the Form-Based Codes Institute’s Resource Council.
Senior Transportation Engineer, Transpo Group
Stefanie a senior engineer with over 15 years of experience in multimodal transportation planning and operational analyses. She has managed and conducted hundreds of transportation studies throughout the western United States. Her work includes advising private and public sector clients in transportation, land use, and policy decisions as well as identifying and developing feasible solutions to mitigate significant transportation impacts associated with development. Stefanie also helps to develop comprehensive transportation demand management strategies for hospitals, schools, large schedule event venues, as well as residential and office developments. She offers specific expertise in parking management strategies, policies, and technology deployments throughout the region, and incorporates this knowledge to help clients efficiently balance the needs of vehicles, transit, and non-motorized transportation.
Stefanie is a senior engineer with over 15 years of experience in multimodal transportation planning and operational analysis. She has led analysis and participated in data collection and presentation of multiple parking studies for SDOT, King County, and the City of Bellingham. Stefanie can distill complex data sets and relay technical information to a variety of audiences in formal and information presentations. Stefanie is well-versed in parking throughout the region. She has performed research on parking management strategies, parking policies and investigated new parking technology. She has interviewed many agencies around the Puget Sound including SDOT, Kirkland, Redmond and Tacoma to understand how they manage parking, including data collection.
Park Planning and Cultural Arts Manager, City of Redmond
My goal is to help our communities become more sustainable, vibrant, and connected through sound community planning and development. I have program management experience in park, arts and culture, environmental and transportation planning. In addition, I am active in the local community. I am currently President of the Board of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and on the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Youth Athletic Facilities Grant Committee.
Jennifer Hurley, AICP, NJPP, CNU-A
President & CEO, Hurley-Franks & Associates
Jennifer specializes in group facilitation and mediation with respect to the built environment. Jennifer wrote one of the first articles chronicling the implementation of New Urbanist zoning codes, has worked on the development of several form-based codes, and is a regular speaker with the SmartCode Workshop. Jennifer was the lead writer for the Affordable Housing Policy Guide SmartCode module and is working on a module for SmartCode Administration. She is certified as a charrette planner by the National Charrette Institute and is a past Fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. In recent years, Jennifer has worked to introduce new urbanists to techniques from the field of large group collaboration, including Open Space Technology, Asset Mapping, and World Café Dialogue.
Founding Partner, Space Between Design Studio
Patrick Kennedy is a founding partner in the Dallas-based urban design firm, Space Between Design Studio. He is presently on the board of directors for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system and former president of the North Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-NTX). With more than 15 years of experience tackling complex urban challenges at local, national, and international scale, his focus is on the interrelationship between movement infrastructure network design and real estate market dynamics in order to deliver successful, lovable, sustainable places. He is also co-founder of A New Dallas (www.anewdallas.com), a non-profit promoting transportation alternatives and neighborhood revitalization, as well as the Coalition for A New Dallas, a Political Action Committee dedicated to electing, educating, and empowering local leaders in support of revitalizing Dallas neighborhoods. He has awards from NCTCOG, Greater Dallas Planning Council, APA, AIA, AIGA, and ASLA.
Partner, DPZ Partners
Marina Khoury is an expert in sustainable urbanism, TND's and form-based codes and speaks on issues related to creating affordable, sustainable, walkable communities. A licensed architect, she is a Partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ) and the Director of Town Planning who leads the metro Washington D.C. office. Khoury manages new towns, new codes and urban redevelopment plans in the United States, Canada, Middle East and Europe. She was the DPZ project director for Miami 21, the comprehensive rewriting of the City of Miami's zoning code into the largest-known application of a form-based code.
Architect and Founding Principal, Schemata Workshop
Grace Kim is a founding principal of Schemata Workshop and has been practicing architecture in Chicago and Seattle for more than 20 years. Grace is a consensus builder, helping her clients and project stakeholders envision how a completed project will be experienced. She is a compassionate listener and sensitive designer, paying attention to both the present and future needs of her clients. Grace is the author of The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development, and in 2008, she was recipient of the National AIA Young Architect Award. For four years, Grace served on the board of the Cohousing Association of the US. She is also a founding member of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing. Grace is currently a commissioner of the Seattle Planning Commission and serves on the board for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. Grace is frequently asked to present at national conferences on the topics of mentorship, Cohousing, and alternative housing models for seniors and those with disabilities.
Principal, Kronberg Wall Architects
Eric graduated from the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans. Since then, he has worked in Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia. In Florida, projects consisted of high-end beachfront residences in Naples and Miami. Eric then spent a year and a half focusing on office and warehouse projects in Atlanta, before joining Brock Green Architects in 2000, where he specialized in light-commercial and multi-family project types. After helping complete award-winning projects, including MidCity Lofts in Midtown Atlanta, he earned his architectural license in 2003, joined the American Institute of Architects, and spent a year as an architectural and construction consultant for the Mon Ami winery in Port Clinton, OH. Eric co-founded Kronberg Wall Architects in 2004. He is the Zoning Chair for his neighborhood, the Organized Neighborhood of Edgewood.
Executive Director, Incremental Development Alliance
Jim Kumon is an urban designer and community organizer based in Minneapolis. As Executive Director, he organizes events, volunteer initiatives, membership activities and sponsorship programs for the group. He is your primary point of contact for engaging with anything relating to Strong Towns.
Partner, DPZ Partners
Matthew, a planner and architectural designer, is a partner, senior project manager, and director of technology with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. With more than ten years of practice, he has broad experience in planning and urban design as well as architectural design at all scales from regional planning and coding to infill and affordable housing. Matt is a graduate of the University of Miami with a dual major in Architecture and Computer Science.
Senior Planner, City of Redmond
Gary Lee is a Senior Planner with the City of Redmond, where he has been with the current–planning group since 1990. In his role there, he is the lead planner for the Downtown Urban Center, where he has been instrumental in forming and implementing the vision of creating a lively, vital, pedestrian friendly, and transit supportive urban neighborhood. Gary works with developers, architects, property owners, businesses, brokers and partner agencies to advance and implement the vision for Downtown Redmond. Through his work the City has received several Planning awards for the Downtown vision and implementation efforts. Gary has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly Pomona.
Founder & Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.
Livable Transportation Engineer, Toole Design Group
Ian Lockwood, P.E. is a recognized national leader in sustainable transportation policy and urban design. As a former partner in the Orlando-based Glatting Jackson (which later became AECOM), Ian led a wide variety of transportation projects aimed at making communities more walkable, bikable and transit-friendly. He also served as the City Transportation Planner for the City of West Palm Beach, where he transformed state arterial roads, local roads, and the City’s approach to parking to help the city overcome its blighted condition and evolve into an economically and socially successful city. Ian’s current work includes walkability projects, restoring one-way streets to two-way, taming arterials, shared spaces, policy reform, and designing main streets, campuses, and downtowns. Ian has guest lectured at several universities and is occasionally interviewed on National Public Radio. In 2011, Ian was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University during which he studied the links between transportation, land use, and successful outcomes for communities at all scales. For fun, Ian enjoys photography, cartooning, and road cycling.
Senior Manager of Strategic Communications, KaBOOM!
Priya Madrecki is the Senior Manager of Strategic Communications at KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play. In this role, she helps to lead thought leadership and communications efforts around national initiatives, including the Play Everywhere Challenge. Her work has helped to deepen media and thought partner relationships and broaden the impact KaBOOM! has in cities across North America. Prior to KaBOOM!, Priya worked to develop nutrition and health policies at a DC think tank, focusing on reducing the childhood obesity epidemic and ensuring kids have healthy futures. Most recently, she managed Vibrant Streets, an initiative focused on urban revitalization through redeveloping blighted retail corridors that was named Urban Land Institute’s “Transformative Project” of 2015. Her passion is working at the intersection of health and the built environment, and particularly in working with kids to achieve healthy outcomes. She has presented at a variety of venues, including DesignDC and International Economic Development Council; for the City of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and, has been featured as a guest lecturer with Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning, the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning; and many others. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Politics and Urban Planning, Priya is an avid traveler and enjoys the outdoors, live music, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Mayor, City of Redmond
First elected in 2007, John Marchione is now in his third term as mayor of Redmond, a thriving city 16 miles east of Seattle. The community of over 55,000 is home to a variety of industries such as aerospace, high tech, gaming, and biotech as well as several thousand small businesses where over 80,000 people are employed. As mayor, he oversees seven departments consisting of over 600 employees. To date, through Mayor Marchione's leadership, the City has adopted Budgeting by Priorities, completed the downtown street grid, and purchased the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line and converted it to the Redmond Central Connector, a multi-purpose trail that links Redmond to the region.
Principal, Massengale & Co LLC
John Massengale has won awards for architecture, urbanism, historic preservation and architectural history. An architect and urbanist in New York City, he is the Chair of CNU New York and co-author with Robert A.M. Stern and Gregory Gilmartin of New York 1900, the first architecture book nominated for a National Book Award.
President & Chief Executive Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Stephanie Meeks has been the president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since July 2010. Under her leadership, the National Trust has developed an ambitious strategic plan designed to refocus direct action on saving imperiled places, engage new audiences in preservation, and increase the organization’s impact by a factor of ten. Under Stephanie’s tenure, the National Trust has worked to bring a more diverse and younger group of Americans into the preservation movement, and support their efforts in their communities and across the nation. It has also launched an effort to highlight the critical connection between older buildings and vibrant cities, and spearheaded research reflecting the benefits of historic preservation in today’s urban areas. Stephanie has championed 21st-century business processes and systems to better meet today’s preservation challenges. The organization has strategically repositioned its portfolio of 27 historic sites to achieve new levels of stewardship, implemented a bold plan to upgrade its technology infrastructure, and moved its operations to the historic Watergate building, creating a dynamic, state-of-the-art workplace to move preservation forward. Before joining the National Trust, Stephanie served in several senior executive positions with The Nature Conservancy, one of the world's largest and most influential conservation organizations. She also served as director of RARE, a U.S.-based conservation group that uses social marketing to address environmental challenges in communities around the world, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Potomac Conservancy. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and an MBA from George Washington University.
Ronald T. Milam
Director of Evolving the Status Quo, Fehr & Peers
Ron Milam, AICP, PTP is the principal-in charge of technical development for Fehr & Peers. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. During his 20+ years of professional work he has completed a wide variety of planning studies throughout the western U.S. Ron is currently developing transportation analysis guidelines for Caltrans to aid in the evaluation of projects including new analysis techniques to address climate change and working on a new GHG Tools Handbook for FHWA. In addition to Ron’s work experience he has also published over 20 professional papers and is the lead instructor for the U.C. Davis Extension Program’s – The Intersection Between Transportation and Land Use.
Paul Moore, PE
Paul Moore is an expert in managing major urban design, land use, and transportation planning and engineering projects. Paul has 25 years of experience in developing major transportation and transit planning projects, small area planning and redevelopment studies, and livable transportation solutions. Paul specializes in working with communities that want to use transportation spending as a tool to make broad community improvements. Throughout his career, Paul has led engaging and meaningful public involvement processes as an integral part of his technical work. He builds strong relationships with local leaders who have become champions for positive change in their communities. Paul has managed many ground-breaking projects including major, citywide transportation plans for Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Louisville, and Omaha, among many others.
Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Ms. Moule’s career includes architecture, urbanism, real estate development and education. A native of Pasadena, California, she holds a M.Arch. from Princeton University, a B.A. from Smith College in Art History and Government, and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City. She is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), a national organization aimed at integrating aesthetic, social, environmental, economic and policy aspects of urbanism, and is an emeritus member of its Board of Directors. A founding partner of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, she is a national leader in environmental sustainability and designed one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica, California. She recently coauthored the CNU’s Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, companion to the Charter of the New Urbanism. Ms. Moule’s experience ranges from the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings to historic rehabilitation, housing, campus planning and large urban design projects at all scales. A frequently invited public speaker, she has been published in The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Dwell and Residential Architect and has contributed articles to many books and periodicals, including The Nikkei Shimbun, The Los Angeles Forum, The Charter for the New Urbanism and The Seaside Tapes. Moule & Polyzoides are the winners of eight Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Design Awards. They are also the recipients of the Seaside Prize (1998) and the Institute of Art & Architecture 2015 Arthur Ross Award for Community and Civic Design.
Daniel Parolek, AIA
Principal, Opticos Design, Inc.
Daniel is an architect and urbanist who has worked with cities and towns of all sizes around the world to create vibrant, urban visions that reinforce the unique character of a place and that support local economies. A recent Next City article—titled “Will U.S. Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis?”—referred to Daniel as “that guy” who coined the term Missing Middle Housing, which intelligently addresses housing issues in cities across the country. He is also at the forefront of rethinking the way we zone our communities to promote more compact, walkable, and vibrant places. In 2007, he co-authored the book Form-Based Codes and, in 2013, as part of a larger sustainable growth strategy in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, he wrote the first development code for Gabon, Africa. He serves as a board member for the Form-Based Codes Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming zoning to remove barriers for urban development, and for TransForm, which promotes walkable communities and transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity. His company, Opticos Design, is a founding B Corporation, a revolutionary new kind of business dedicated to economic, social, and environmental sustainability. His love of good urbanism springs from a childhood spent exploring the vibrant downtown of Columbus, Nebraska on his bike.
Neal Payton, AIA
Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Neal I. Payton, AIA, LEED-AP, is a Principal at Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. where he created, opened and directs the West Coast office in Downtown Los Angeles. His efforts include urban design for the Los Angeles Metro’s Westside extension of the purple line, a.k.a., “the subway to the sea.” He is also working with the City of Santa Monica on a new Downtown Plan incorporating the terminus station of the new Expo Light Rail line. and the Wyvernwood Redevelopment, a 70-acre master plan in Boyle Heights. Outside of California he has recently completed a new Form-Based Code for the Kaka’ako redevelopment area in Honolulu. Before coming to California, he directed Torti Gallas’ Urban Design efforts in their Silver Spring, Maryland office. His work centered on Urban Design and Town Planning at a variety of scales including inner city revitalization, inner suburban infill and refill, transit oriented development in emerging development areas as well as regional plans for counties and metropolitan areas. Torti Gallas has been involved in numerous projects involving pedestrian friendly grocery stores, throughout the mid-Atlantic.
Director of Form-Based Coding, Opticos Design
As an implementation tool, form-based zoning responds directly to the community’s policy direction to express different priorities by geographic location. Learn how to use the various components within one code to regulate and generate the community vision across very different areas with different expectations. For example, a corridor with high expectations will tend to use most or all of the code’s components and have more detailed regulations while a corridor with modest expectations will tend to use fewer of those components and have less detailed regulations. Join an interactive discussion where leading practitioners and CNU members discuss ways to respond to community needs and priorities and lessons learned over the past 25 years.
Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Yale School of Architecture
Mr. Plattus began teaching at Yale in 1986 after serving on the faculty of Princeton University for seven years. He is the current director of the School’s Ph.D. program and the Yale Urban Design Workshop and Center for Urban Design Research (YUDW), which he founded in 1992 and which undertakes research and design studies for communities throughout Connecticut and the metropolitan region. Current YUDW projects include planning for a Heritage Park along the Thames River between New London and Groton, Connecticut, and resiliency planning for Bridgeport and the Connecticut coast funded by HUD’s Rebuild by Design program. Mr. Plattus also directs the School’s China Studio, a collaboration between Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Yale School of Architecture, and recently led a Yale and international team to develop plans for a Peace Park along the Jordan River on the Israeli-Jordanian border. He has served on the boards of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Architectural Research Quarterly, as well as the Connecticut Main Street Center and the New Haven Preservation Trust. Mr. Plattus received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Arch. from Princeton University.
Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Stefanos Polyzoides was born and educated in Athens, Greece, and later earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Architecture and Planning from Princeton University. His career has engaged a broad span of architecture and urbanism, its history, theory, education and design. He is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and, with his wife Elizabeth Moule, a partner in Moule & Polyzoides, a Pasadena, California practice since 1990. From 1973 until 1997, he was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California. His professional experience includes the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, and the urban design of university campuses, neighborhoods and districts. Mr. Polyzoides has led such projects throughout the United States and around the world, in Canada, South America, Australia, China and the Middle East. He is the co author of Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis (1977), The Plazas of New Mexico (2012), and the author of R.M. Schindler, Architect (1982), and the forthcoming Between House and Tower: The Architecture of Density. He also led on the production of four distinguished exhibitions and exhibition catalogs on the architectural and urban history of Southern California: Caltech: 1910–1950, Myron Hunt: 1868–1952, Wallace Neff, and Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate.
Shelley R. Poticha
Director, Urban Solutions, Urban Program, Natural Resource Defense Council
Shelley Poticha serves as the director of the Urban Solutions program, building NRDC’s work for better cities that support thriving people. Urban Solutions brings the place-based work of NRDC together into a coordinated strategy and includes promoting transportation choices through mobility options, scaling up building energy efficiency, model green and equitable neighborhoods, sustainable food systems, green infrastructure and climate preparedness. Urban Solutions is the culmination of NRDC’s thinking and work for sustainable communities since the organization adopted the area as an institutional priority.
Stephen G. Poulakos
Director of Town Development, Seabrook Land Company
Stephen Poulakos has emerged as a specialist in the implementation of new resort town villages based upon principles of new urbanism & landscape design sensitivity. With a bachelor of landscape architecture from Auburn University, he has provided landscape design, development and construction supervision for several private estates, the Relais & Chateau Tennessee mountain resort of Blackberry Farm, Draper Lake Coastal Village & most notably, Seaside, Florida's sister community, Rosemary Beach, Florida where he served for 6 years as Assistant Design Director & Design Review Committee member. Currently, Stephen serves as the Director of Town Development for Seabrook, Washington, a new beach town located on the Pacific Northwest's historic Olympic Peninsula. After joining Seabrook's town planner, Laurence Qamar, and Casey Roloff, Town Founder, in 2004, Stephen brought his practical "on-the-ground" experience from Rosemary Beach and other NW Florida villages to ensure that Seabrook takes its own place in the ranks of America's regionally-inspired authentic beach towns based upon context sensitive design principles. Committed to eco-sensitive design, material reclamation, land stewardship, and open-space preservation, he has helped guide the town's vision by serving as the architectural review board chair, a WA State Scenic Byway steering committee member, and most importantly lead designer of numerous neighborhood parks & community amenities that include a National Park-inspired signage program and design of the 2010 COASTAL LIVING Magazine -'Ultimate Beach House' landscape. Seabrook, like many similar new urban resort towns, has already begun to positively impact an already emerging stretch of the Pacific NW coast as a place to emulate, inspire, and to visit.
Director of Research, Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation
As the Director of Research for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab, Dr. Michael Powe conducts research empirically assessing the contributions that existing buildings and commercial districts offer communities. In 2014, Mike led work on the Green Lab's "Older, Smaller, Better" project, which used maps and statistics to demonstrate the critical role that older, smaller buildings play in supporting the social, cultural, and economic vitality of urban neighborhoods. Mike has also played a significant role in the National Trust's Partnership for Building Reuse with the Urban Land Institute, steering policy conversations focused on strengthening building reuse opportunities in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, and Louisville. He has spoken about the Green Lab's research in cities across the country and has participated in live and recorded interviews for television, radio, and print media in numerous markets. At the Green Lab, Mike is part of a team that aims to unlock the inherent strengths of old buildings to save natural resources and strengthen local economies. Mike holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree (2006) and a doctorate in Planning, Policy, and Design (2010), both from the University of California, Irvine.
President, The Cottage Company
Linda Pruitt, Co-founder of the Cottage Company, has had a lengthy career in consumer product development, and marketing that spans more than 20 years with national firms including Federated Department Stores, drugstore.com, and Anderson Consulting. Born to a Central Illinois farm family, Linda's no stranger to a construction site, playing an active role through all steps of new community design, development and construction. Linda contributes her expertise with city planning and community leadership groups as a resource for new housing choices, green building, and sustainable development. Linda was awarded a B.S. in Business Administration from International University a M.B.A. from the University of Washington, serves as a member of the Cascade Land Conservancy Cascade Agenda Cities Advisory Board and as an Executive Committee member of the Northwest Architectural League/ARCADE.
Principal, Laurence Qamar Architecture & Town Planning Co.
Laurence Qamar is a Town Planner, Urban Designer, and Architect with 24 years of professional experience consulting for private developers and public jurisdictions throughout the United States. Laurence’s particular expertise in New Urbanism, and Sustainable Urbanism has led the design and implementation of project for: main street and urban revitalization, urban mixed-use building design, neighborhood housing infill, new neighborhood development, pedestrian/transit oriented planning, suburban redevelopment, sustainable planning, urban / architectural graphic design standards, and housing design. Laurence is committed to working in multi-disciplinary design teams that unite the interests and expertise of market analysts, transportation planners, developers, governments, and citizens. Though an explorative and collaborative design process, he creates solutions to complex development and planning opportunities. Laurence has worked extensively as a design professional, facilitator, and organizer of over 50 public design Charrettes.
Principal, Weber Thompson
For over 18 years Principal Jeff Reibman has been working in the Seattle area with a focus on residential design of every kind. His projects at Weber Thompson have ranged from custom homes to large condominium, apartment and senior housing projects. In addition to building design, Jeff focuses on project management, firm marketing and operations, including human resources and production standards.
Throughout his career, he has developed his expertise in creative land use solutions and complex entitlement processes. He is renowned for his ability to balance the needs of his clients, the market, and the environment while staying on schedule and on budget. He is a passionate advocate for senior and low-income housing initiatives, which he channels into volunteer advocacy and public outreach work.
Jeff is licensed in the State of Washington, and is certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards. Outside the office Jeff serves as a board member for Great City, a Seattle think-do tank dedicated to quality urban growth. He is actively involved in Leadership for Great Neighborhoods, an advocacy organization, and holds the development representative seat on Seattle’s Urban Forestry Commission.
President & CEO, CNU
Lynn Richards is President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Previously, Richards had a long and distinguished career at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), holding multiple leadership roles over 13 years including Acting Director and Policy Director in the Office of Sustainable Communities. She worked with dozens of state and local governments to implement placemaking approaches by developing policies, urban design strategies, and environmental solutions for vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. Additionally, she produced groundbreaking research on water and land use strategies. Before joining the EPA, Richards worked briefly in the private sector at a consulting firm. She lived and worked in the former Soviet Republics from 1988 to 1995, helping environmental groups increase their organizational and political effectiveness. Richards was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the 2012-2013 school year. She has a dual Masters in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Jonathan F.P. Rose
President, Jonathan Rose Companies LLC
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm which has successfully completed more than $1.5 billion of work. In 2005, the firm launched the nation’s first green transit oriented acquisition and redevelopment fund, followed by several green affordable housing and office transformation funds.
Urban Designer, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP
Chris Sensenig is an Associate and Urban Designer at Van Meter Williams Pollack and is the Founder of ConnectOAKLAND: A vision to Reconnect Neighborhoods and Connect Cities, a grassroots organization to rethink the I-980 freeway in Oakland as a multi-way and multi-modal boulevard. At VMWP, Chris has worked on a diverse set of projects focusing on walkability and transit-oriented development including St. Joe’s Affordable Senior and Family Housing in Oakland, RebuildPOTRERO HOPE SF Public Housing Redevelopment Master Plan, Mountain View El Camino Real Precise Plan and the Schlage Lock/Visistacion Valley Specific Plan. Chris has a Master’s of Architecture and Master’s of City Planning from UC Berkeley and B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
Terry Shook, FAIA
Founding Partner and Principal, Shook Kelley, Inc.
Charles Terry Shook, FAIA, is a founding partner and principal of Shook Kelley, a firm specializing in strategic consulting services, melding consumer psychographic analysis, branding, architecture, planning and communication design into one united practice. Mr. Shook focuses upon the creation of new communities, in both the suburbs and within urban cores, that reflect timeless patterns of building while responding to modern aspirations for a better life. As one of the nation's top experts in district planning and PlaceMarking, he has been recognized as a vanguard in the movement to return meaning to the urban environment.
Co-Founder, President & CEO, Active Towns
I'm a health promotion professional and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience. My primary focus is on getting more people moving on a daily basis by helping create communities that support healthy, active lifestyles. Personally, I strive to lead by example by walking and biking to meet most of my daily needs and competing, just for fun, in triathlons and running events on a semi regular basis, which also helps to keep me motivated, focussed and fit. I also enjoy serving as a professional race announcer, mostly of the endurance athletic type such as triathlons and running events.
Retired Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developement
Ron Sims is a civic volunteer active in health, education, environmental and social equity issues. Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, Sims serves as the chair of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board. The board is responsible for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State. Sims served as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2011. He was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As the second most senior official at HUD, Sims managed the day-to-day operations of an agency with 8,500 employees and an operating budget of nearly $40 billion.
Principal, Mithun | Solomon
Daniel Solomon is an architect and urban designer whose 44-year career combines achievements in professional practice with academic pursuits of teaching and writing. His projects have been published in architectural journals worldwide and have been recognized with more than eighty-five awards. The main focus of his work has been residential architecture and the interaction between housing and urban design. From this base his work has expanded in several directions including large-scale urban planning, regulatory structures that govern urban design and residential, commercial, and institutional architecture. He is the author of many articles and three books: ReBuilding, Global City Blues, and Cosmopolis. A fourth book Attack of the Slab Monsters is nearing completion. As one of the co-founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Daniel Solomon's commitment to urban repair and the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his project work and writing.
Jeff B. Speck, CNU-A, AICP, LEED AP, Honorary ASLA
Principal, Speck & Associates LLC
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm's projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time –which the Christian Science Monitor called “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” – was the best-selling planning/design title of 2013.
Developer and Principal, Orange Splot LLC
Eli Spevak has been crafting affordable, community-oriented housing developments in Portland since he arrived in 1994 as a volunteer construction supervisor with Portland Habitat for Humanity. During his first decade in Portland, he managed the finance and construction of over 250 units of affordable housing through community-based non-profit organizations. After taking a year off to work as a backcountry ranger, Eli launched a development and general contractor company, Orange Splot, LLC, with a mission to pioneer new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing developments in Portland—ideally within an easy bike ride of his house. So far, Orange Splot has completed several small communities of homes and consulted on the development of projects large and small. Orange Splot projects have been featured in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, and Portland’s annual Build It Green! tours. For links to articles and more information about recent projects, please visit www.orangesplot.net. Eli is also active in the local small home movement. In 2009, he convened an informal ‘tiny house society’ that in 2010 was instrumental in changing Portland’s regulations and fee structure for accessory dwelling units. He led bike tours of tiny homes and ADUs as part of Pedalpalooza. He co-founded the www.accessorydwellings.org website, led the creation of a model ADU code, and does local and national advocacy for regulatory changes that support discreet, affordable, and environmentally friendly housing options. As a volunteer, Eli worked with Dignity Village residents during their first two tumultuous years of existence, served on the board of the Portland Community Land Trust (now Proud Ground) for its first five years, is an active member of the Space-Efficient Housing Working group convened by Oregon DEQ, and regularly serves on planning and development-related advisory panels and focus groups for the City of Portland. Eli was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the 2013-2014 school year. He regularly guest-teaches classes through Portland State University’s Urban Studies and Planning program, and is an adjunct instructor with PSU’s architecture program. He completed a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a Physics degree from Swarthmore College.
Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
A pioneer in sustainable planning for 20 years, Anne Tate currently chairs the Steering Committee for the Faculty Meeting and leads various sustainability initiatives on campus. She is interested in the intersection of design and policy and served in 2003–04 as special advisor on sustainable development in the Office for Commonwealth Development (OCD) in Massachusetts, a post that combined the executive offices of environment, energy, housing and transportation. At the OCD she led two signature efforts: the Sustainable Development Principles and the Transit Oriented Development Initiative. With Doug Foy, Tate negotiated the settlement that unlocked development for 145 acres of prime waterfront land in Somerville, MA. She now co-chairs the Citizen Advisory Committee in Somerville. Her current project, Urban Eden, illustrates what our cities could be like if we were to build in partnership with nature. Tate earned the AIAYoung Architects Award for Community Service and first place in the Progressive Architecture design competition for affordable housing. In addition to teaching at RISD, she has lectured at Yale, Harvard and Princeton.
Built Environment Manager, Blue Zones
Samantha is the Built Environment Manager, co-facilitating walkability with Dan Burden, active-living, safe routes to schools, and neighborhood traffic calming workshops. Working with the community, she develops community-led action plans spanning from Kauai, HI to Long Island, NY. She received her degree in Urban Design from the University of Minnesota. Samantha works to inspire residents and leaders alike to start any public project with an understanding of their shared values as the foundation for creating great public spaces.
Consultant in Public Transport Planning & Policy, Jarrett Walker & Associates
Jarrett Walker, PhD, is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy. He has been a full-time consultant since 1991 and has led numerous major planning projects in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. He is President at Jarrett Walker + Associates, based in Portland, Oregon, and Principal Consultant with MRCagney in Australia. He is the author of the popular public transit blog HumanTransit.org, and the book Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives (Island Press, 2011). This book is a friendly, non-technical introduction to transit’s underlying geometry, and the real value judgments that must be explored to make both transit and development policy. His background integrates an arts and humanities PhD (Stanford, 1996) with long technical experience in all aspects of transit and its role in city-building. He is a frequent keynote speaker, teacher, and facilitator of decision-making processes.
Partner, HR&A Advisors
Stan Wall brings 20 years of public-private real estate experience in the Washington Metro Area market. Stan Wall joined HR&A as a Partner in our Washington D.C. office in August 2015 after holding several senior positions in the mid-Atlantic region. In his previous posts, Stan worked across the entire real estate project lifecycle including strategy, planning, finance, development, and construction. Prior to joining HR&A, Stan was the Director of Real Estate and Station Planning at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the second busiest transit system in the United States. In this role, he reinvigorated the agency’s transit oriented development (TOD) program by helping them leverage their transit infrastructure to support housing and economic development. In the past three years, Stan helped to secure Board approval to pursue 16 new TOD projects. Eight of the 16 approved locations are now in the negotiation and/or solicitation stages; four more are in the final stages of pre-solicitation planning; and the remaining four are in the early planning stages. As these projects are implemented in the next 3-4 years, they will begin to yield significant financial and ridership benefits for the agency.
Principal, Fehr & Peers
Jerry Walters is a principal with Fehr & Peers transportation consultancy, focused on policy, research, planning and design of multi-modal, new urbanist transportation for communities in the US and abroad. He led the studies Demographic Trends and the Future of Mobility and Effects of Next-Generation Vehicles on Travel Demand and Highway Capacity. Published work includes the Urban Land Institute’s Growing Cooler – the Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change.
Partner, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP
A partner and founder of Van Meter Williams Pollack, Rick Williams is a leader in urban design and transit-oriented development. With a background in both planning and architecture, Rick focuses on planning and urban design projects involving mixed-use, transit oriented community plans and architectural design. His architectural work ranges from residential to mixed-use neighborhoods, urban infill, multifamily affordable and workforce housing throughout the Bay Area. Rick’s understanding of building types and the public realm informs urban design projects that benefit from realistic implementation strategies, development regulations and design guidelines. His urban design efforts include national and west coast TOD and infill plans. In 2006 Rick led VMWP’s planning efforts in developing a Master Plan for the development of the Ferry Terminal District, as well as developing infill strategies for downtown Bainbridge Island. Rick has worked extensively with public agencies, cities, nonprofit organizations, and diverse and disenfranchised communities. He is adept at negotiating the regulatory framework and writing innovative codes and guidelines to articulate the design parameters for mixed-use, pedestrian and transit-oriented development. Rick’s primary focus is the implementation of complex, visionary design projects whose success depends on high quality design, strong community involvement, unique financing and public-private development partnerships. Rick also continues to lead efforts on a variety of infill and affordable housing developments within a wide number of communities in the Bay Area. Rick has lectured extensively on issues of contemporary urban planning, and his urban design projects have been published in books and leading design and planning journals.
Principal, Author, Charles R. Wolfe Attorney at Law
Charles R. (Chuck) Wolfe, M.R.P., J.D. provides a unique perspective about cities as both a long-time writer about urbanism worldwide and as an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law. In particular, his work involves the use of sustainable development techniques and innovative land use regulatory tools on behalf of both the private and public sectors. He frequently counsels clients on ways to achieve the successful redevelopment of infill properties under federal, state, and local regulatory regimes. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where he teaches land use law at the graduate level. He serves on the Board of Directors of Futurewise has held several board positions for the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Northwest District Council, and has served as Chair of both the American Planning Association's Planning and Law Division and the Washington State Bar Association's Environmental and Land Use Law Section. Chuck is an avid traveler, photographer and writer, and his latest book, Seeing the Better City, was released in February, 2017 by Island Press. He has contributed regularly on urban development topics for several publications including CityLab, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Grist.org, seattlepi.com, and Crosscut.com. He blogs at myurbanist.com.